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600 Pinoys in Saudi Qualified for Pardon
SIX hundred Filipino nationals are estimated to be qualified recipients of the royal pardon set to be granted by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA), according to the group Migrante-Middle East.
In a statement, Migrante-Middle East regional coordinator John Leonard Monterona said the group’s estimate was based on the information it has on Filipinos currently imprisoned over petty crimes in KSA.
“As per our estimates, there are about 400 to 600 OFWs languishing in Saudi jails for petty crime offenses, who may qualify for the royal pardon recently announced by the host government,” said Monterona.
He said the royal pardon grant by the Saudi government only covers petty crime offenses such as illicit affairs, mixed crowd, gambling, harboring criminals and absconders, and illegal possession of and selling liquor.
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